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Mark Fox wins election to lead energy-rich North Dakota tribe

Mark Fox, right, speaks to a voter at a candidate's debate. Challenger Damon Williams is on the left. Photo from Facebook

Voters of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota elected Mark Fox as their next leader.

Fox, 52, won the chairman's race with 1,240 votes, according to unofficial results that were shared on Facebook. Challenger Damon Williams, 45, had 1,094 votes.

Unofficial results from the election. Photo from Facebook

Fox will succeed Tex Hall, who served three non-consecutive terms in office. The incoming chairman runs the tribe's tax department and is a former council member.

Fox has vowed to strengthen regulation of the energy industry. If the reservation is compared to states, the tribe would be among the top 10 oil producers in the nation.

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